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At the heart of the fetish community: The Leather Foundation

San Diego is seeing a resurgence in its leather, fetish and kink community, with some bringing up the question of why. Is it just kinky fun, is it all about sex or is there something deeper to this phenomenon?

There are layers spanning from humor and desire to community building but, at the end of the day, it is about interacting with each other and the bonds that form when that interaction takes place. As in so many communities, there is a philanthropic piece to the leather community: The Leather Foundation.

Founded in 2007 by partners Russ Mortenson Boyd and Bob Boyd, the foundation was initially developed to address needs in the leather community. While that remains a priority, they continue to expand the mission to fill basic needs with a focus on the LGBTQ community. With four distinct funds to serve these purposes, the Leather Foundation notes that members of the gay and lesbian community, as well as single adults, are often overlooked when emergencies strike.

Read the full column in SDGLN media partner, Gay San Diego, HERE.